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Trails I've hiked - The Appalachian Trail in Southwest Virginia

Open area near Massey Gap
The Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia is a spectacular section, with open meadows and feral ponies. Meeting thru-hikers is a bonus.

A Weekend Well-Lived: Trail Running in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley sand dunes by Meghan Hicks
You can find trail runners in more than a few national parks these days, and Death Valley National Park, with its wide-open spaces and roads running through tight canyons, is a spectacular draw for those looking for great scenery and solitude on their runs, as Meghan Hicks and her friends discovered earlier this year.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Chateau At Oregon Caves National Monument

Having once again fled snow, lodging experts David and Kay Scott headed to The Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument to work on an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges. Fortunately, they found a roaring fireplace to cozy up next to.

Congressman Asks If National Park Service Went Too Far to Accommodate Citizen Palin

Did the National Park Service bend over too far to accommodate Sarah Palin and her family during their East Coast tour, which had more than a few political overtones? That's what at least one congressman wants to know, and he's asked Park Service Director Jon Jarvis for an explanation.
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National Park Road Trip 2011: Lassen Volcanic National Park

It look a bit of driving, but Traveler's lodging experts, David and Kay Scott, managed to reach Lassen Volcanic National Park to work on updating their book, The Complete Guide To the National Park Lodges. At Lassen they were able to check out the park's new cabins.

Backpacker Magazine's National Parks Collector's Edition

Backpacker magazine has devoted its June issue to the national parks, and the 112-page mag packs quite a lot of information -- including some great features on park destinations and a discussion-spurring list of parks the editor-in-chief would do away with in favor of new units -- between the covers.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Yosemite Valley

From Wawona Hotel near the south entrance of Yosemite National Park the ride to the Yosemite Valley is relatively short, but the scenery is incredible different...and so are the lodging possibilities, as David and Kay Scott relate in the following dispatch.

Pick Your Park At National Parks Traveler

Looking for information to help you plan your national park vacation? Today the Traveler is rolling out the first in a series of "park profile" pages to help you with your homework.

By the Numbers: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park, the core attraction of the Inside Passage coastal cruise ship route, is noted for its tidewater glaciers, abundant watchable wildlife, and gorgeous mountain-backed scenery. Here are some statistics that reveal the character of this remarkable park.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Wawona Hotel In Yosemite National Park

From Kings Canyon National Park, lodging connoisseurs David and Kay Scott headed north to Yosemite National Park, where they checked into the Wawona Hotel to work on an update to their book, The Complete Guide To The National Park Lodges.

When Did Dancing In The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Become A Crime?

When did dancing become a sign of protest, and when was it outlawed in the Thomas Jefferson Memorial? Those questions might come to mind after watching the following video.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Kings Canyon National Park

Having crossed the country in four weeks, David and Kay Scott stopped for three nights in Kings Canyon National Park to work on updating their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges. Weighing camping in the snow at Grant Grove vs. divorce, David and Kay wisely headed down in elevation to a much warmer campground at Cedar Grove.

Traveler's Gear Box: Hummingbird Gear Cargo Carrier

Spend time playing in the water during your national park excursions? If you paddle in the parks or slither through slot canyons that might offer water hazards, the Hummingbird Gear Cargo Carrier is a pack you might want to consider.

Enjoy The National Parks This Summer...But Don't Overlook Your Safety

With the summer travel season officially here, millions of folks will be heading out into the National Park System in the coming months. If you're one of them, just remember to be mindful of your safety, and that of your family and friends.

Federal Judge Rules A Creek Bed in Canyonlands National Park Is Not A Road

A winding creek that jogs through Canyonlands National Park to a spectacular sandstone arch is not a road, and that finding by a federal judge could send reverberations throughout many Western states determined to expand access across the federal landscape.
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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, America's First Colony

How do you interpret a National Park Service site when there's really not much, historically, to see? That's the challenge at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, home of The Lost Colony. But and enthusiastic staff makes the history exciting and mysterious.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Sequoia National Park's Wuksachi Lodge

Snow continues to dog David and Kay Scott as they forge across the West to update their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges. But that didn't deter them from enjoying a stay in Sequoia National Park.

NPCA Leading Petition Drive To Protect Funding for National Parks

From time to time we get asked by readers what can they do to help the National Park Service out? Well, today you can sign a petition being circulated by the National Parks Conservation Association urging Congress to safeguard national park funding.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Zion Lodge

Having left most of the cold and snow behind in Bryce Canyon National Park, lodging guidebook writers David and Kay Scott have moved on to Zion National Park and a stay at Zion Lodge.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Bryce Canyon National Park

Having fled the snowy North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, our intrepid lodging experts, touring the West to update their book, "The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges," find themselves...at snowy Bryce Canyon National Park.

Take Traveler With You On Your Next National Park Trip

Leaving your laptop or desktop computer behind when you head to a national park doesn't mean you have to leave the Traveler behind, too. Through an exclusive agreement with Chimani, LLC you can now subscribe to the Traveler's feed on your iPhone.

Trails I've Hiked: Spend the Night At LeConte Lodge In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The payoff in hiking to LeConte Lodge in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is, in large part, the journey itself. Let Contributing Writer Randy Johnson lead the way with this video.

Study Points To Value Of Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem For Future of Wolverines

A four-year search for wolverines in Yellowstone National Park and the ecosystem neighboring the eastern half of the park detected surprisingly few of the carnivores, but concluded that the park has increasingly valuable habitat that could help the species avoid extinction in the contiguous United States.

Traveler's Checklist: Wright Brothers National Memorial

Plane Sculpture
The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina interprets a fascinating story of the best of American ingenuity, grit and perseverance. Through talks, exhibits, a movie and just walking, visitors can feel the elation felt by Wilbur and Orville Wright when their plane first stayed in the air for 12 seconds.

The Boardwalks of Yellowstone National Park

Every year, thousands of pairs of feet anxiously scurry across more than 14 miles of Yellowstone National Park’s iconic, wooden boardwalk system, eager to ferry their owners to an up close and personal glimpse of hundreds of natural hydrothermal springs, geysers and waterfalls.

National Park Road Trip 2011: North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

As this is the third straight wet, cool May in the Rockies, perhaps it's no surprise that David and Kay Scott were snowed upon during their visit to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The two spent two nights at Grand Canyon Lodge to update their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Marking 'Endangered Species Day' In the National Park System

Across the National Park System there are successes to note in pulling species back from the brink of extinction. But there also are stories to lament.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell Resort

True, May might be a bit early to visit Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, but David and Kay Scott, on the road to update their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges, found the month perfect for a stop there.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Lodging on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Having left Canyon de Chelly National Monument behind, our lodging experts, David and Kay Scott, have settled into rooms on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.